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Bristol Rovers team news and Deadline Day update

31 January 2019

The latest from Blues boss Chris Powell as he addressed the media on Deadline Day ahead of Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers.

On the team news for the game…

I very much doubt our squad will be any different to last week.

We have one or two players that have started to join in training, Rob Kiernan and Jason Demetriou, but light training. They might do 10-15 minutes with us just to be in amongst the group, but the main bulk of the training they can’t do as yet.

They’re still some way off and working their way back, so as far as we’re concerned it’s very similar to last week.

Before I or any of our supporters get excited with regards to people like Harry Lennon, Jason Demetriou and especially Rob Kiernan who has been out a very long time, they’ve still got quite a way to go.

Building up fitness, game time, they’re still some way off and we can’t rush them. We hope they get through it all to be in contention for some of the season. We were hoping the end of Jan but it’s still a couple of weeks off.

On Demetriou and Lennon…

They still need training. You have to build up their confidence as well. With any injury you can get over it, but it’s the confidence in saying to yourself you can do what you were doing before.

That’s always the psychological side of it with any player. They have to feel comfortable with it in training for a good week or two before we even throw them into a game.

Once we throw them into a game then it’s about doing what they used to do, whether that’s in 1v1 defending, whether that’s aerial challenges, whether that’s bombing forward like JD does, doing all the things that you used to.

On Rob Kiernan…

You’re looking at close to 18 months [he’s been out], and to be fair to him he’s worked really hard and he's still working really hard.

He’s working with the group, he’s doing lots of work, you just hope there’s no setbacks – he’s had enough of those.

What he needs now is to build up his fitness and his confidence and start getting him with us [in training] on a regular basis.

He hasn’t done that yet but he’s been in some sessions. Once it gets a bit more intense we take him out and then he goes and does his work because he’s not completely ready for it yet.

On whether there will be movement in and out of Blues on deadline day…

I always say no but I know things can happen so quickly. I’ve made no secret I’ve been looking to add to our forward line, that might change I hope. I’ll be here until 10/11 o’clock tonight that’s for certain.

We’ve had one or two enquiries for a couple of our players, whether they’ll come off or not.

You always get calls on the last day. They may not get them a day or two before, but on the last day you always get them because I think people realise this is it.

That’s why Sam Hart and Stephen Humphrys I did as soon as I could, and I like to do that because in the mad rush sometimes you make decisions that you shouldn’t.

But if you’re put in a position to pick up a player or two then you look at your recruitment strategy, what you’ve looked at and the games you’ve watched.

We’ll have to wait and see.

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Match Report: Southend 1-2 Bristol Rovers

2 February 2019

Southend suffered a third straight home defeat as goals from Liam Sercombe and Gavin Reilly secured Bristol Rovers a 2-1 win at Roots Hall.

Former Blues assistant manager and Rovers boss Graham Coughlan was the mastermind behind the win as the visitors capitalised on mistakes at the back to give them a vital three points.

Rovers opened the scoring when Nathan Bishop was beaten to a long ball over the top, allowing Tom Nichols to tee up Sercombe to score into an empty net.

And as Southend pushed for an equaliser, Rovers caught them on the counter-attack with Nichols again the creator, sliding the ball through to Reilly who calmly slotted home Rovers’ second.

Southend got themselves back into the tie when Dru Yearwood’s dipping shot was mishandled by Jack Bonham, leaving Simon Cox to tap in the rebound to put Blues within one.

Cox then had the ball in the back of the net for a second time after the break but it was ruled out for offside with Southend unable to prevent a third successive loss at home.

The defeat leaves boss Chris Powell still trying to figure out the conundrum that is Southend’s home form as Blues fell a ninth home defeat of the season in the league while Rovers climbed out of the relegation zone as the Gas’ improvement continues under Coughlan.

Following last weekend’s narrow defeat to high-flying Luton Town, Chris Powell went with an unchanged line-up for the visit of Rovers who were unfortunate to concede a late equaliser in their midweek game with Peterborough United.

Despite Bristol’s lowly position in the League One table, the visitors have shown huge signs of improvement since former Blues assistant Graham Coughlan took over after the departure of Darrell Clarke and they made one change, with new-signing Abu Ogogo coming in.

Away from home, the Gas had the best defensive record in the league and Southend struggled to threaten that early on, with Blues having to put their bodies on the line up the other end to stop Gavin Reilly’s effort before John White blocked Liam Sercombe’s rebound.

Rovers’ bright start continued and only a superb double save from Nathan Bishop stopped the visitors going in front inside eight minutes, with the young goalkeeper first saving Ollie Clarke’s strike before somehow saving Reilly’s rebound with a brilliant starfish-style save.

But Bristol’s early dominance wouldn’t go unrewarded as they broke the deadlock midway through the first-half when Tom Nichols beat Bishop to a long ball over the top, teeing up Sercombe who coolly dummied one defender before firing into an empty net to put the visitors in front.

Southend hadn’t been in the game at all up to that point and in an attempt to force their way into it they pushed players forward only to get caught a second time on the counter-attack. Nichols played Reilly in behind before the midfielder slid the ball under Bishop to double Rovers’ lead.

The home fans weren’t being shy about voicing their frustrations, but Blues went into the break with more than a glimmer of hope as Southend got one back. Dru Yearwood’s long-range effort had enough dip on it for Jack Bonham to spill the ball and allow Simon Cox to score from close range.

Chris Powell made a double change at half-time with Michael Kightly and Stephen McLaughlin coming on to help Southend’s push for an equaliser, but Rovers almost immediately restored their two-goal advantage when Reilly rattled the crossbar before Nichols blazed over the rebound.

Blues continued to look susceptible to the counter, but the switch to 4-4-2 overall appeared to give Southend more of a threat going forward and twice they had headers from close range blocked inside the penalty area with Kightly and Cox having good opportunities go begging.

Southend did get the ball in the net for a second time with 20 minutes remaining when McLaughlin’s shot was parried to Cox who tapped in what he thought was his second of the game, but the effort was ruled out by the offside flag to the frustration of the majority inside Roots Hall.

And despite a spirited effort from Southend in the second-half, Rovers stood firm and condemned Southend to a ninth home defeat of the season while Coughlan’s Bristol side climbed out of the relegation zone.

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Turner (Kightly 46’), Dieng (McLaughlin 46’), Cox, Yearwood, Mantom (C), Moore, Humphrys, Hart (Kelman 81’), White. Subs Not Used: Smith, Klass, Wabo, Hutchinson

Bristol Rovers XI: Bonham, Holmes-Dennis, Lockyer (C), Craig, Sercombe (J Clarke 90+2’), O Clarke, Nichols (Jakubiak 75’), Reilly (Clarke-Harris 59’), Partington, Ogogo, Rodman. Subs Not Used: Smith, Upson, Lines, Osho

Referee: Ollie Yates

Assistants: Rob Smith & Stuart Butler

Fourth Official: Daniel Cook


Southend United: Simon Cox 39’

Bristol Rovers: Liam Sercombe 20’, Gavin Reilly 32’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Michael Turner 34’, Sam Hart 58’, Dru Yearwood 62’

Bristol Rovers: Tom Nichols 45+2’, Ollie Clarke 73’, Joe Partington 85’

Attendance: 5,982 (349 Away) 

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Be Part Of It against the Pirates

1 February 2019

Southend United take on Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall in another exciting Sky Bet League One encounter...

Chris Powell's side were defeated 1-0 last weekend by top of the league Luton Town, and will be looking to give the home fans a reaction that will get the crowd going.

The visitors, Bristol Rovers drew 2-2 with Peterborough on Tuesday night and with the club currently sitting 22nd in the table they will be hoping to pick up as many gritty points as they can to stay in the league.

The fixture will be a special one with former Blues Assistant Manager, Graham Coughlan now in permanent charge of the Pirates; following a rather successful interim period with the club which saw the Irish-man win three out of his five games as caretaker manager.

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